Perlemoen poachers, police face off

2012-11-05 10:48

Cape Town - Perlemoen (abalone) poachers in Hawston, Western Cape, claim the police have been targeting them for more than a year, according to a report on Monday.

The Cape Times reported that the fishing community was apparently regularly targeted by a police squad dubbed "die slaners" (the hitters).

The poachers blamed the police for the death of Steven Figaji, 19, a poacher who drowned at Breakfast Bay on Thursday during an operation aimed at clamping down on poaching.

A group of poachers went on the rampage on Saturday night, injuring a police officer and setting a K9 Unit building alight.

Seven police vehicles were set alight and officers were attacked,

According to the report, Xavier Spandiel, 13, was shot in both thighs while running to see what had happened.

Deputy provincial commissioner Peter Jacobs said the Independent Police Investigative Directorate would set up an office in Hawston on Monday so residents could report police brutality cases.

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-05 11:00

    You have laws against poaching, police arrest poachers,the IPCD investigates the police???? Go figure.

  • Alice - 2012-11-05 11:01

    Stieven Figaji, where the heck does he come from? That's definitely not South African surname.

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-11-05 11:49

      Alice, you obviously don't live in Cape Town. Figaji is not as "foreign" as you might think. A little google search would lead you to a couple of well-known, respected people in the SA community.

      Alice - 2012-11-05 12:01

      Ally, Maybe I'm naive. I have lived in Cape Town for 23 yrs of my life, I was born, bred and buttered in die Kaap. I still visit my country every 6 months even though I don't live there anymore. I have never came across to this surname before . I'm very aware of many SA surnames across all race groups of SA. Im also aware of most Cape coloureds, Cape Malays, Cape Xhosa's, Kaap - Dutch Afriikaner van, Kaap French-huignots surname lineages, Cape Jewish, Cape Germans , Cape potueguese surnames etc.

      earle.francis.9 - 2012-11-05 12:17

      @Magdalene - Perhaps some concerned parenting might have produced a different result. Not too many years ago, poachers and looters were permitted by law to be shot on sight!. NO questions asked.

      ally.oh.7 - 2012-11-05 13:30

      Thank you, Rudi. Now does that satisfy you, Alice? Little bit of egg on face at the moment.

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-11-05 15:18

      @magdaleen: there is a different being 19 and stupid and 19 and breaking the law.

  • johan.vanheerden.12 - 2012-11-05 11:04

    Are they not supposed to be targeted by police?

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-11-05 15:19

      They are a law unto themselves. Heavily armed, part of other gangs. It is like the Cape flats by the sea. The law is the law.

  • richard.laros.77 - 2012-11-05 11:07

    WTF. They are complaining because the police are targeting them??????? The police should be commended because they are doing their jobs. Perlemoen poaching is against the law... perhaps someone should remind these people and their communities. While it is tragic that someone drowned, he wouldn't have if he wasn't in the water plying his illegal trade in the first place.

      clivegoss - 2012-11-05 11:49

      The sea gives, the sea takes

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-11-05 11:11

    Um...... speechless.

  • victor.freeman.39 - 2012-11-05 11:13

    This can't be real. Exactly what are the police supposed to do? You are breaking the law idiots. The cops need to deal with you.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-11-05 11:25

    Hellooo!!!! Ur poachers u idiots, of course the police are targeting you. How can you blame the police for one of your poachers drowning, bet he wasnt even qualified. Well done plolice. Keep targeting these poachers and give them hell.

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-11-05 11:29

    How ironic, the police hunting down the criminals, now the criminals are complaining. Arrest them, kick their @sses and toss them in jail!

  • siphobongohead - 2012-11-05 11:34

    Just what have these criminals got to complain about?. The police are doing their job ie upholding the law. Whwn a poacher finds his house broken into, then he goes crying to the police for help

  • terrylee.heuer - 2012-11-05 11:44

    South Africa the land of milk and honey for the criminals!!!!

  • clivegoss - 2012-11-05 11:47

    All Poachers should be shot.

  • Ty Lamont - 2012-11-05 11:49

    @bretton ... well said, i couldnt have put it better.

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-11-05 11:57

    i have no simpathy, kill them all

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-11-05 11:58

    He was poaching, he deserved to die. Well done police!

  • Anton - 2012-11-05 11:59

    Yahhhooo 1 less criminal

  • maricha.knightvanheerden - 2012-11-05 12:01

    Hello, it's illegal to poach perlemoen, so of course the police will target you.... eejit. And about bloody time too.

  • pieter.dirk.1 - 2012-11-05 12:10

    Skiet die donners!!! 'n Perlemoen poacher is die selfde tipe skuim as 'n renoster poacher.

  • michael.i.wright - 2012-11-05 12:31

    The police are targeting criminals? What a novel concept.

  • jc.smit - 2012-11-05 12:43

    Next thing that will happen is the poachers will start striking for better working conditions... What a joke. Criminals have more rights in South Africa than the average law abiding citizen.

      tony.angel.3975 - 2012-11-05 13:17

      Ja and they will then ask for a refund for loss of income!

  • sisie.indola - 2012-11-05 12:46

    Good i hope the police target you for more years - you are a poacher.

  • basimogashoa - 2012-11-05 12:58

    Its annoying reading on how these foolish mobs tend to just randomly destroy expensive and essentail equiptments as if they can replace them. This really is utter ignorance, honestly, people can't be that dumb!!!

      Ze Don - 2012-11-05 13:18

      ''Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers'' - Homer Simpson ;-)

  • marius.vanwyk.5621 - 2012-11-05 13:00

    If this is the case. Good for the Police.

  • duane.vanvuuren - 2012-11-05 13:16

    Ai! Ai! There's gonna be no more perlemoen or rhino around for future generations at this rate. Stop doing the crimes you retards and then you won't get shot at or beaten up by the police!

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-11-05 13:25

    You are being targeted cos....wait for are poachers. That's illegal. What's next? Murderers moaning about being targeted by police?

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-11-05 13:27

    I really wish people will learn the difference between real poachers and people poaching to survive. The absolute stupidity of some including the police!

      ianingwe - 2012-11-05 14:12

      I am sorry breaking the law is breaking the law no matter what your circumstances are!! Do you conduct a means test on those who burgle your home? Idiot!

      ianingwe - 2012-11-05 14:16

      It is thought processes such as yours that has encouraged the spread and intensity of all crime and corruption in our country. Only a firm zero tolerance policy with effective social upliftment will work!

      reynold.dawson - 2012-11-06 17:26

      i agree with you body parts. the crime is unacceptable but to murder the child with a police jet ski is not right. we dont live there, we don't know how life is there but all these people commenting has judged the dead already.

  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-11-05 13:33

    Shoot the bastards. How can criminals attack our police force and get away with it. We need a couple more marikana's to stop this BS!

  • kseyffert - 2012-11-05 17:40

    Kudo's ANC! not only have we created the culture of expectation but those that are actually willing to fend for themselves get harassed by the police!!!! Well Done! Seriously! Targeting them? Seriously? Come ON guys. you are breaking the law and repeatedly, of course the police are going to target you! Find a real LEGAL job. As another person commented, It's not rocket science after all!!!!

  • rory.n.price - 2012-11-06 21:52

    Swam in wrong direction I guess can't blame the police

  • olivia.theunissen - 2013-01-23 13:48

    shoot all of the poachers!! and for the ones who set the dog unit alight: shoot them in the knees and then set them alight to burn to death!!no mercy for poachers!!

  • olivia.theunissen - 2013-01-23 13:59

    shoot them all! they deserve nothing less for stripping our oceans of its resources! and for the ones who set the dog unit alight: shoot them in the knees and then set them alight!!

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